2010 Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner
Born in South Tyrol, but as a young man he goes to Germany where he achieves a great success in the job he truly loved. Baumi became a big German, European and worldwide known producer and art-house film distributor, a pioneer of a co-production model that still truly lives in the European and worldwide cinematography, a model that is in focus at the Avvantura Film Festival. Baumi had been visiting the festival since its foundation and he is the first winner of the Tomislav Pinter award for exceptional contribution to the film art. His art is related to Pandora, a famous production and distribution company which he cofounded with Reinhard Brundig. Pandora will soon become the lighthouse of the art-house cinematography, it will celebrate, promote and discover authors like Aki Kaurismaki, Sally Potter, Kim Ki-duk, Andrei Tarkovsky. With Piano by Jane Campion (1993) he celebrates his first success as a distributor. It was followed by Underground by Kusturica, winner of the Palme d’or, which Baumi produced. Since then Baumi’s name has been an unavoidable producer name whose films are regularly in the narrowest selection of many big festivals. Super 8 Stories (Kusturica), My Sweet Home (Filipos Tsitos), Irina Palm (Sam Garbarski), Na putu (Jasmila Žbanić), Le Havre (Kaurismaki), his latest titles are Clouds of Sils Maria of by Olivier Assayas and Cut buy Fatih Akin. His productive career was interrupted by his early death in the spring of 2014. Avvantura Film Festival is celebrating its friend Baumi with a selection of his films. In Irina Palm you will also see this year’s Tomislav Pinter award winner Predrag Miki Manojlović.

Synopsis: After completing his naval service, young Asa travels back to the Kazakh steppe where his sister and her shepherd husband live a nomadic life. To start his new life, eager Asa must get married first before he can become a shepherd himself. Asa’s only hope for marriage on the deserted steppe is Tulpan, the daughter of another shepherd family. Poor Asa is disappointed to learn that Tulpan doesn’t like him because she thinks that his ears are too big. But Asa doesn’t give up and he continues to dream of a life that may not be possible on the steppe…
Original title: Tulpan (2008)
Language: Kazakh, Russian
Duration: 100 min
Country: Germany, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Poland
Producers: Karl Baumgartner, Thanassis Karathanos, Henryk Romanowski, Sergey Selyanov, Elena Yatsura
Co-production: Valerie Fischer, Bulat Galimgereyev, Raimond Goebel, Gulnara Sarsenova
Director: Sergey Dvortsevoy
Cast: Tulepbergen Baisakalov, Ondasyn Besikbasov, Zhappas Dzhailaubaev, Samal Eslyamova, Tazhyban Kalykulova, Askat Kuchinhirekov

Synopsis: The unborn child of Mamlakat is telling her story. She is 17, beautiful and vivacious, and dreaming secretly of becoming an actress. She lives with her father and brother in a small village in Central Asia. One night she is seduced by an actor from a traveling troupe, who poses as a friend of Tom Cruise, and makes her pregnant. She tries to abort, but her father and brother become determined to find the seducer, setting in motion a cascade of comic adventures.
Original title: Luna Papa (1999)
Language: Russian, Tajik, Uzbek
Duration: 107 min
Country: Germany, Japan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Austria, Switzerland, France, Russia
Producers: Philippe Avril, Karl Baumgartner, Thomas Koerfer, Heinz Stussak, Igor Tolstunov
Co-production: Christoph Friedel, Kenzô Horikoshi, Christa Saredi, Jan Schütte
Director: Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov
Cast: Chulpan Khamatova, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ato Mukhamedzhanov, Merab Ninidze, Polina Raykina, Nikolay Fomenko, Lola Mirzorakhimova

Synopsis: Maggie, a 50-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson. After one attempt at trying to find a job, Maggie finds herself roaming the streets of London Soho. Her eye is caught by a small poster in the window of a ‘shop’ called “Sexy World” which reads: “Hostess wanted”. Too desperate and lost to realize what she does she enters. Micky, the owner, is embarrassed at first, but intrigued by Maggie, he decides to have fun and offers her the job. Maggie courageously gets to know her first anonymous customers, eventually using Irina Palm as her stage name.
Original title: Irina Palm (2007)
Language: English
Duration: 103 min
Country: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, UK, France
Producers: Sébastien Delloye, George van Brueghel
Co-production: Karl Baumgartner, Christine Alderson, Thanassis Karathanos, Jani Thiltges
Director: Sam Garbarski
Cast: Marianne Faithfull, Miki Manojlović, Kevin Bishop, Siobhan Hewlett, Dorka Gryllus, Jenny Agutter

Synopsis: The second part of Aki Kaurismäki’s “Finland” trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and slowly starts putting his life back on track.
Original title: Mies vailla menneisyyttä (2002)
Language: finski
Duration: 97 min
Country: Finska, Njemačka, Francuska
Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
Co-production: Eila Werning, Pandora Film Produktion
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Juhani Niemelä, Kaija Pakarinen, Sakari Kusmanen, Annikki Tähti, Anneli Sauli, Elina Salo

Synopsis: Forty year-old Janko is such a troublemaker, even the warden at his prison wants him let out on parole. He is soon released into the care of his half-brother Novak who has also become the reluctant guardian to his 25 year-old sister-in-law Zana, recently release from a psychiatric institute. The abrasive, ill-tempered ex convict and the emotionally fragile Zana are brought together when Novak coerces Janko into renovating Zana’s dilapidated mansion. Both are guarded, but in each other’s presence they forge a unique relationship that may just be the cure for Zana’s mental illness. This funny, bittersweet story is about two oddballs who stumble upon love when they least expect it.
Original title: Kontakt (2005)
Language: Macedonian, German
Duration: 95 min
Country: Germany, Macedonia
Producers: Marcelo Busse, Markus Halberschmidt, Tomi Salkovski, Sergej Stanojkovski
Screenplay: Gordan Mihic, Sergej Stanojkovski
Director: Sergej Stanojkovski
Cast: Nikola Kojo, Labina Mitevska, Petar Mirčevski, Vesna Petrusevska